Celebrities Criticize The Academy For Presenting Oscars During Commercial Breaks

Celebrities are not happy about the Academy’s decision to present some of the Oscars awards during commercial breaks. On Monday, two weeks before the Oscars air on February 24, it was announced that four categories, namely cinematography, film editing, live action short, and makeup and hairstyling, would be presented during commercial breaks in order to keep the run time at three hours.

Now actors are taking to social media to express their displeasure over the decision. Russell Crowe, Seth Rogen, Josh Gad, Jennifer Tilly, Alfonso Cuarón, and more have spoken up.

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Crowe called the decision “too f***ing dumb for words,” saying that it is “such a fundamentally stupid decision, I’m not even going to be bothered trying to be a smart arse about it.”

Seth Rogen referenced the cinematography category, saying: “What better way to celebrate achievements in film than to not publicly honor the people’s who’s job it is to literally film things.”

Whereas Josh Gad agreed with him, adding: “Not quite sure why the Academy Awards seems to hate the Academy Awards this year.”

Jennifer Tilly wrote: “Cinematography and editing are two of the most crucial things that make or break a movie! Why ghetto-ize certain categories? Are we honoring achievement in film or just staring at celebrities? So disrespectful.”

Previously, Alfonso Cuarón, a two-time Oscar-winning actor who is also nominated for a number of Oscars this year, had written“In the history of CINEMA, masterpieces have existed without sound, without color, without a story, without actors and without music. No one single film has ever existed without CINEMAtography and without editing.”

Guillermo del Toro, who last year won the Oscar for Best Director, and whose movie, The Shape of Water, won Best Picture, also made his opinion known, saying: “If I may: I would not presume to suggest what categories to cut during the Oscars show but – Cinematography and Editing are at the very heart of our craft. They are not inherited from a theatrical tradition or a literary tradition: they are cinema itself.”

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